Canal through Nieuwegein
Location in Utrecht
|Coordinates: 52°2′N 5°5′E / 52.033°N 5.083°ECoordinates: 52°2′N 5°5′E / 52.033°N 5.083°E|
|Established||1 July 1971|
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Frans Backhuijs (VVD)|
|• Total||25.65 km2 (9.90 sq mi)|
|• Land||23.66 km2 (9.14 sq mi)|
|• Water||1.99 km2 (0.77 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1 m (3 ft)|
|Population (May 2014)|
|• Density||2,579/km2 (6,680/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Nieuwegein [ˌniwəˈɣɛi̯n] is a municipality and city in the Dutch province of Utrecht. It is bordered on the north by the city of Utrecht, the provincial capital. It is separated from Vianen to the south by the river Lek and borders on IJsselstein in the southwest and Houten in the east.
Nieuwegein was founded on 1 July 1971 as a planned city, following the merger of the former municipalities of Jutphaas and Vreeswijk. The new town was built for the expanding population of the city of Utrecht, and grew rapidly during the decades following its foundation.
Nieuwegein is connected to Utrecht and IJsselstein by the Sneltram (light rail) line. There is a pedestrian ferry across the river Lek to Vianen. Three canals flow through Nieuwegein: the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal, the Lek River and the Merwede Canal. There are also a few sports clubs in Nieuwegein, such as: SV Geinoord, VSV Vreeswijk and JSV Nieuwegein.
Several national sports federations are housed in Nieuwegein, including the NeVoBo (volleyball), KNZB (swimming) and NBb (basketball).
Dutch Topographic map of Nieuwegein and neighboring IJsselstein, as of March 2014.
- Nieuwegein, drawbridge
- Nieuwegein, windmill
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- "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
- "Postcodetool for 3431LZ". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
- "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.